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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Foreclosed home in St. PaulSpanish-speaking homeowners hit hard in foreclosure crisis
    Until now, there hasn't been much solid data on who in Minnesota has lost homes to foreclosure. A recent University of Minnesota study finds the majority of owner-occupied foreclosures in Minneapolis involved Spanish-speaking families.6:20 a.m.
  • Commentator Peter SmithCommentator says spring is different for former farm kids
    April brings with it crocuses and jonquils and robins. But if you grew up on a Minnesota farm, and have since moved away, April brings mixed memories of corn planting season. Commentator Peter Smith explains.6:45 a.m.
  • Democrat Al Franken holds a press conferenceJudges declare Franken winner; Coleman to appeal
    A Minnesota court has confirmed that Democrat Al Franken won the most votes in his 2008 Senate race against Republican Norm Coleman.7:20 a.m.
  • Clock is ticking for lawmakers
    Just five weeks remain in the 2009 legislative session, and deep disagreements remain over how to erase the state's $4.6 billion budget deficit.7:25 a.m.
  • Schaefer and PepperPecha Kucha arrives in Minnesota
    A new kind of party designed to cause cross pollination of ideas, arrives in the Twin Cities this week. It's like a salon, but the pace is much quicker. The first challenge may be agreeing on how to pronounce the event's name.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Ship's Commander Recounts Dramatic Rescue
    Frank Castellano, commanding officer of the USS Bainbridge, says one pirate's cooperation was an important step in a U.S. crew's rescue Sunday of Capt. Richard Phillips. Castellano discusses the rescue with NPR's Renee Montagne.
  • France Takes An Aggressive Stance Against Pirates
    French commandos last week stormed a boat being held captive off the coast of Somali. France has taken a leading role in international efforts to halt hijackings off the Horn of Africa and has captured more than 60 pirates in the past year.
  • Funding Debate Stalls Air Traffic Control Upgrade
    The radar system used to guide U.S. flights is more than 40 years old, but Congress and the airline industry are at odds over how to fund a new satellite-based system.
  • Portuguese Water Dog May Leap In Popularity
    Bo, the Portuguese water dog, makes its official public debut as the new White House pet. The Portuguese Water Dog Club of America says the new pup could cause a run on the breed.
  • Spector Verdict The End Of A Psychic Free Fall
    Six years after the death of actress Lana Clarkson, and nearly two years after a 2007 mistrial, a jury found music producer Phil Spector guilty of second-degree murder Monday. Spector, 68, will be sentenced May 29, and faces a prison sentence of 18 years to life.
  • India's First Family Split By Rivalries
    One family runs India's Congress Party. The party heads the coalition government and is battling to stay in power. Voting begins this week in India's general election, so the family is going around the country campaigning. But there's a family feud.
  • Pakistan Approves Strict Law In Swat Valley
    In what looks like a concession to the Taliban, Pakistan's president has signed a controversial measure that makes Islamic law the official legal system in the restive Swat Valley.
  • Chinese Bank World's Largest Lender
    The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China already was the world's biggest bank by market capitalization. It is now the biggest bank by deposits as well. The Financial Times says it shows how Chinese banks have emerged relatively unscathed from the global crisis.
  • Oregon Sues Over College Investment Plan Losses
    State officials in Oregon are suing OppenheimerFunds Inc. over losses to so-called "529" college savings funds. The lawsuit alleges that the firm took big risks with money that was supposed to be invested safely to pay for college.
  • Congress Examines Credit Card Business
    The credit card business isn't what it used to be. Because of the recession, more people are late paying their bills or have stopped paying altogether. As a result, banks are handing out fewer cards and rejecting a lot more card applicants. Now lawmakers want to slap some new restrictions on the way the credit card business works.

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